The Baker Institute offers a wide variety of extra-curricular events called iDeX, short for idea exchange!  Providing a wide range of experiences including a speaker series, interactive sessions, panel discussions, topical meet-ups and more, iDeX  events  promise to be exciting and inspiring!  The Baker Institute’s calendar includes iDex events, curricular programming and other related activities around campus.

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April 23, 2014

iDeX: Sustainable Innovation – Emerging Artists Get It Right

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4:30 -6:00 pm
Zoellner Arts Center (Diamond Theater)
Lehigh University

At the intersection of performance art & entrepreneurship, artists are increasingly innovative in using technology, design and unconventional collaborations and methods to get their work noticed. Join us for an interactive discussion.

Discussion focus:

  • Using game shows or commercial media as an entry point to being discovered or validating them as “artists”
  • Using technology to reframe traditional art forms, stories and subject matter
  • Changing the creative process that started with the word or subject first
  • Creating (performing) art in non-traditional spaces and blending defined genres
  • Angling the process to become (at times) more important than the product
  • Setting themselves up as entrepreneurs – not merely “artists”
  • Collaborating with partners outside the field of “artists” (engineers, scientists, businesses, etc)
  • Creating new paths for success outside the traditional path of study and practice
  • Using commercial methods, the Internet and TV shows to be discovered

Facilitated by Lehigh professors Mellie Katakalos and Silagh White and guests Kim Maniscalco and Ben Munestri.

Inspired by the May 5 Zoellner performance of Lightwire Theater,which tells folk tales through a dazzling blend of visuals, choreography and music.

About Lightwire Theater:

Creators Ian Carney and Corbin Popp met while dancing in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway show Movin’ Out. Through a mutual love of art, theater and technology, and development of a product called EL wire (short for electroluminescent wire) they began to develop puppetry based creatures that quickly gained personality.  Their company was catapulted by appearing on America’s Got Talent and made it to the semi finals.  SInce then, they are touring across the U.S. and securing funding from national arts foundations like the Jim Henson Foundation to develop their art form.  The stories they are creating at Zoellner is their version of “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Ugly Duckling.”  Traditional stories told in an innovative way.  Their career path and integration of technology in traditional story telling sets the stage for the discussion using the bullets below.

For more information, contact or 610-758-5626.

It is sponsored by Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation and Zoellner Arts Center.

Start: 4:30 pm
End: 6:00 pm

ENTP 196 Software Ventures: Demo Day

ENTP 196 Software Ventures Presents:
Wednesday, April 23rd
7:10 pm, STEPS 101

Student companies will face off against shark-tank panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and high-level advisors.

The Companies:
Tuneup Music

For more info:, (610) 758-5626

Start: 7:10 pm
End: 8:00 pm

April 26, 2014

Mini Maker Faire Lehigh Valley

Mini Maker Faire Lehigh Valley
Saturday, April 26, 2014 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
ArtsQuest at SteelStacks
101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA
FREE admission

A consortium of makers, tech geeks, inventors, hobbyists and enthusiasts are bringing Mini Maker Faire to the Lehigh Valley for the first time ever! Mini Maker Faire Lehigh Valley will take place on April 26, 2014 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. You can find our all about it here:

Come celebrate making, hacking, brewing, cooking, crafting, tinkering, art, culture, creativity & technology.

“Celebrating the Creativity of the Lehigh Valley Workforce!”

You can also follow Lehigh Valley’s Mini Maker Faire on Twitter at @MakerFaireLV.

Mini Maker Faire Lehigh Valley is co-sponsored by Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, ArtsQuest, PBS-39, PPL, Da Vinci Science Center, with support from numerous other organizations. For more information, contact (610) 758-5626 or






Start: 10:00 am
End: 6:00 pm
Our Vision and Promise
When creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are taught together ideas take shape; ideas when properly nurtured can lead to discovery, value creation, and a better tomorrow for all.